I wanted to make a coordinating beach outfit and bag.
I started with a plain raffia style bag that happened to have a waterproof inside that I bought for $2 awhile back. I made a large fabric rectangle to fit the inside with enough overlap so I could make a drawstring top. Then I wrapped the handle in fabric strips to make it more comfortable to carry, added flowers and black buttons from the dollar store (this is the part that mangled my fingertips as I had to hand sew through the waterproof inside, raffia, and flower!)
The cover-up is knee length and I added another layer of fabric to make the top higher in front. The drawstring in front makes it as loose or tight as I like. I was so pleased to find a high quality, modest suit and matching sunglasses too!
Now I just need a sunny beach, a good book and a lounge chair:)